PRESIDENT TRUMP’S SECOND 100 DAYS In his words and ours

Opinions • Aug. 7, 2017

President Trump’s first 100 days were unprecedented, from his vow to end “American carnage” to his continued promises to build a Mexican border wall. But if you thought those 100 days were action-packed, recall the outrageous tweets, Russia revelations and health-care squabbling since. Here’s what happened in Days 101 through 200, in the words of members of the Trump administration and Post Opinions contributors.

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“This is what winning looks like!”
President Trump, May 2

“If Trump, who only recently became Republican, wants to win until we’re tired of winning, there’s an obvious path to consensus. Alternatively, he and the members of the Freedom Caucus can celebrate the virtues of partisan polarity and ideological purity — in a very small room.”

Dana Milbank, “How did Congress go from compromise one day to toxicity the next? Trump.”

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“What we have is something that is very, very, incredibly well-crafted.”
President Trump, May 4

“It is beyond sad that this is what passes for a ‘win’ for President Trump and the Republican majority in Congress.”

Editorial Board, “Betrayal, carelessness, hypocrisy: The GOP health-care bill has it all”

“It’s the people we love — our children, friends and neighbors — who are the inspiration behind our American Health Care Act, which we passed in the House on Thursday.”

Cathy McMorris Rodgers, “My son has a preexisting condition. He’s one of the reasons I voted for the AHCA.”

“Given the bill’s many other controversial provisions, few in Congress or the media talk much about how the AHCA would cut Medicaid by $839 billion over 10 years.”

Allison Wohl, “My son has Down syndrome. The GOP’s health-care bill scares me to death.”

“Sally Yates made the fake media extremely unhappy today — she said nothing but old news!”
@realDonaldTrump, May 8

“Yates’s testimony is particularly damning because it shows she clearly tried to warn the White House that [former national security adviser Michael] Flynn had not only engaged in ‘problematic’ conduct but also that he had misled [Vice President] Pence, who unwittingly then transmitted those deceptions to the American public.”

Sarah Posner, “Sally Yates just publicly confirmed important facts about the Trump-Russia story”

“The president has accepted the recommendation of the attorney general and the deputy attorney general regarding the dismissal of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
White House press secretary Sean Spicer, May 9

“Think about this, the sitting president of the United States announcing that he is not a crook — well, in his telling, not a suspected crook — as he fires the man who has been leading the investigation of his presidential campaign’s possible involvement with Russia.”

Ruth Marcus, “Comey’s firing should make all of us ‘mildly nauseous’ ”

“I know of no former senior Justice Department official — Democrat or Republican — who does not view [FBI Director James B.] Comey’s conduct in July to have been a grave usurpation of authority.”

William Barr, “Trump made the right call on Comey”

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“The president’s committed to the thorough review of registration and voting issues in federal elections.”
Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, May 11

“Historians will note that this is the first commission, paid for with taxpayer money, that flows directly from a president’s overheated tweets.”

Michael Waldman, “Trump’s commission on ‘election integrity’ could instead restrict voting”

“In fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story.’ ”
President Trump, May 11

“To wait for the results of the multiple investigations underway is to risk tying our nation’s fate to the whims of an authoritarian leader.”

Laurence H. Tribe, “Trump must be impeached. Here’s why.”

“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”
@realDonaldTrump, May 12

“Presidential obsessions with ‘tapes’ are perilous.”

E.J. Dionne Jr., “The amateurish autocrat”

“At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed, and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly.”
National security adviser H.R. McMaster, May 15

“By all accounts, the president is impatient with process and study, preternaturally confident in his own knowledge and instincts, and indifferent to, and perhaps contemptuous of, the institutions of government designed to help him succeed.”

Former CIA director Michael V. Hayden, “Trump proves he’s Russia’s ‘useful fool’ ”

“Ponder the irony: These geniuses were so appalled by Trump sharing sensitive intelligence with the Russians that they shared even more sensitive intelligence with the media — and thus the entire world — in order to demonstrate that Trump cannot be trusted with sensitive intelligence.”

Marc A. Thiessen, “Leakers who revealed Israel as intelligence source did far more damage than Trump”

“It is wholly appropriate for the president to share whatever information he thinks is necessary to advance the security of the American people.”
National security adviser H.R. McMaster, May 16

“In other words, it’s appropriate for Trump to say anything he wants. If Trump says it, it’s by definition appropriate.”

Dana Milbank, “Trump can do whatever he wants. God help us.”

“I hope you can let this go.”
President Trump to then-FBI Director James B. Comey, according to a memo by Comey, May 16

“Today’s lesson in How Washington Really Works begins with the 11th Commandment: ‘Thou shalt retain documentation of all communications with the boss.’ ”

Charles Lane, “Trump may have broken one D.C. Commandment too many”

“As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know — there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity.”
President Trump in a White House statement, May 17

“As the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the Russia mess has Washington buzzing with nascent impeachment talk, 25th Amendment scenarios and rumors about resignation, it is worth remembering how tenaciously Trump pursued power, along with five key assets he has to maintain his grip on it.”

Ronald A. Klain, “Don’t underestimate Trump”

“[Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III] brings such credibility that if and when he says ‘there is no “there” there,’ responsible media will accept it.”

Hugh Hewitt, “Republicans should be relieved Mueller will serve as special prosecutor”

“We’re very proud of this relationship that we are embarking on with the kingdom.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, May 20

“President Trump’s journey to the Middle East illustrated yet again how the country central to the spread of this terrorism, Saudi Arabia, has managed to evade and deflect any responsibility for it.”

Fareed Zakaria, “How Saudi Arabia played Donald Trump”

“When it comes to foreign affairs, [President Trump] is heedless of history, susceptible to blandishments and supremely gullible.”



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